Francis with the Kansas City Royals in 2011
January 8, 1981 |
North Delta, British Columbia
|August 25, 2004 for the Colorado Rockies|
(through July 26, 2014)
|Earned run average||4.95|
Jeffrey William Francis (born January 8, 1981) is a Canadian professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played for the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, and New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB).
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Francis attended Burnsview Junior Secondary School and North Delta Senior Secondary School in North Delta, British Columbia. After playing for the North Delta Blue Jays of the B.C. Premier Baseball League, the highest calibre junior league in British Columbia, Francis went on to pursue a major in physics at the University of British Columbia while playing for the UBC Thunderbirds. He was selected in the 1st round (9th pick overall) by the Colorado Rockies in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. Along with Adam Loewen, who was selected at fourth overall in the same draft, the two received much publicity as they were drafted higher than any other Canadian baseball players up to that time. Francis was signed by Greg Hopkins.
In 2004, Francis was named Minor League Player of the Year by both Baseball America and USA Today, becoming the first player in Colorado Rockies organizational history to win either of the awards. He became the fourth player to be honored in the same season by both publications, joining Andruw Jones (1995–1996), Rick Ankiel (1999), and Josh Beckett (2001). Combined between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs, Francis went 16–3 with a 2.21 ERA and .194 average against in 24 starts. He struck out 196 batters in 154.2 innings pitched, for a ratio of 11.4 per nine innings. He had more strikeouts than hits (108) and walks (29) combined.
2004: rookie year
Francis made his major league debut on August 25, 2004, against the Atlanta Braves, losing the 8–1 decision. He pitched five innings, allowing six runs (on three home runs), walking one, while striking out eight hitters. He earned his first career victory on September 5, 2004, against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park, tossing 51⁄3 scoreless innings in a 5–2 victory for the Rockies.
Francis finished the year with a 3–2 record, with an ERA of 5.16 
In 2005, Francis was a mainstay in the rotation, pitching in 33 starts for the Rockies. Although he finished with a 14-12 record, his ERA was 5.68 and his WHIP was at 1.62 while allowing 228 hits in 183 innings.
Francis finished the season with an ERA of 4.16, more than a run lower from the previous year. He also won 13 games for the Rockies.
On November 22, 2006, Francis signed a four-year deal worth $13.25 million, carrying an option for a fifth year at $9million. Under MLB rules, the option year would be his first year eligible for free agency. The contract will allow the Rockies/Francis to avoid going to arbitration every year.
Francis had a career year while leading the Rockies into the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. He finished the season with 17 wins while pitching over 200 innings for the first time in his career.
On October 24, 2007, Francis became the second Canadian starting pitcher to pitch in the World Series but struggled in lasting only four innings and allowing six runs. The Rockies went on to lose the game 13 - 1.
Like many of his Rockies teammates, Francis struggled to replicate his 2007 success during the 2008 season. He finished the year with a 4–10 record and a 5.01 ERA in 21 starts, although he reported pitching through shoulder soreness for much of the season.
Francis underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder on February 25. As a result, he missed the entire 2009 season. In addition, the surgery forced Francis to decline the invitation to play for Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic
In his first game back since his injury, Francis pitched seven innings, allowing two walks and seven hits in a 3–2 Rockies win over the Nationals on May 16, 2010. Francis pitched in 20 games for the Rockies in 2010 posting a 4–6 record with a 5.00 ERA
Kansas City Royals
On January 14, 2011, Francis agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals for $2 million plus performance bonuses. He became Kansas City's #2 Starter and led them in most pitching categories throughout the first half of the year.
2011 was an odd season for Francis, he was 3-7 at home with an ERA of 4.18 while on the road his ERA was a full run higher, at 5.48 while recording a record of 3-9. He finished with a 6-16 record for the Royals. After the season, he elected free agency on October 30.
On January 25, 2012, Francis agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds. Francis decided to exercise a June 1 opt-out clause after pitching a complete game shutout for the Triple A Louisville Bats.
Second stint with the Rockies
After opting out of his contract with the Reds, Francis signed with the Rockies on June 8, 2012. He finished the season in the rotation with an ERA of 5.58 in 113 innings.
After becoming a free agent on October 29, 2012, Francis re-signed with the Colorado Rockies on December 19.
2013 was a horrible year for Francis as he pitched half the season in the bullpen, appearing in 23 games while making 12 starts. He finished 3-5 with an ERA of 6.27, his worst in his MLB career.
Second stint with the Reds
On January 13, 2014, Francis signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Cincinnati Reds. He started the season with the Louisville Bats, and his contract was selected by the Reds on May 15. He was designated for assignment and placed on waivers the next day after allowing three runs in five innings to pick up the loss in his one start for the Reds.
New York Yankees
Francis and his wife Allison Padfield were married on December 31, 2005 in London, Ontario. In late 2009, Allison gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Cameron. In December 2011, Allison gave birth to their son, Miles. Currently, they still live in the Denver area during the baseball season, and also reside in London, Ontario.
- Jeff Francis #26 SP (1981-01-08). "Jeff Francis Stats, News, Photos - Colorado Rockies - ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
- Harding, Thomas (2009-02-19). "Francis' season over before it started". MLB.com. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- McGowan, Don (2009-02-24). "Canada's WBC roster has pop, lacks pitching". Retrieved 2009-03-08.
- 3:10 PM ET, May 16, 2010Coors Field, Denver, Colorado (2010-05-16). "Washington Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies - Box Score - May 16, 2010 - ESPN". Scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
- "Royals agree to terms with pitcher Jeff Francis on a one-year contract | royals.com: Official Info" (Press release). Mlb.mlb.com. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2011-01-14.
- "Reds sign Francis to minor-league contract - CBSSports.com". cbssports.com. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- "Reds release veteran Francis at his request – MLB.com: News". mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
- Harding, Thomas (December 6, 2012). "Francis re-signs with Rockies, pending a physical". MLB.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
- Gleeman, Aaron (January 13, 2014). "Reds sign Jeff Francis". nbcsports.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- Kay, Joe (May 15, 2014). "Reds recall B.C.'s Jeff Francis to start second game of doubleheader vs. Padres". theprovince.com. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- Baer, Bill (May 18, 2014). "Athletics pick up Jeff Francis off waivers from the Reds". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- "Yankees get LHP Francis in trade with Athletics". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "Jeff Francis released". KFFL.com. August 5, 2014. Retrieved August 5, 2014.
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